Sonoma County at a Glance
Sonoma County’s homelessness per 1,000 residents rate remains one of the highest in the nation and much work remains.
- There are almost 3,000 homeless people in Sonoma County.
- 86% of those experiencing homelessness are from Sonoma County.
- Approximately two out of three homeless people are without any emergency or transitional shelter. That means that two-thirds of the homeless population are living on the streets.
- 45% of Sonoma County homeless have been homeless for a year or more.
- Chronically homeless people represent almost 23% of the total homeless population (chronically homeless means individuals with a disabling condition who have been homeless a year or longer or who have experienced four or more episodes of homelessness within the past three years).
- 127 families—over 350 family members—experienced homelessness in Sonoma County.
- Every year, homeless die on wet, freezing nights. At least 30 homeless people each year die on the streets and in the wooded areas of Sonoma County.
Source: 2015 Point-In-Time Homeless Count on a single night in January. 2,070 people were trying to survive outside and 1,037 people were in shelters or motels.
Additional updates: 2016 Sonoma County Homeless Point-In-Time Survey Census.
Surprising facts about homelessness
The risk of homelessness is highest among single female-headed households and families with children under the age of 6.
Source: 7 U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2007). Characteristics and Dynamics of Homeless Families with Children. Retrieved 2013 from http://aspe.hhs.gov/
Children in families experiencing homelessness have increased incidence of illness and are more likely to have emotional and behavioral problems than children with consistent living accommodations.
Source: U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. (2013). Opening Doors. Retrieved 2013 from http://www.usich.gov/